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Bracelet with Agathodaimon, Isis-Tyche, Aphrodite, and Terenouthis

Period:
Roman Period
Date:
1st century B.C.–A.D. 1st century
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
1 9/16 x 2 3/16 in. (4 x 5.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.2.1
  • Description

    Powerful talismans of fertility and good destiny are woven into this rich golden composition. The bodies of two snakes intertwine to form a Herakles knot, the centerpiece of this bracelet. The snake on the left represents Agathodaimon, and the cobra on the right Terenouthis, two agrarian/fertility deities associated with Serapis and Isis, respectively. On the platform between them stand two goddesses, Isis-Tyche (or Isis-Fortuna), a deity closely associated with Alexandria, and the nude Aphrodite.

  • Provenance

    Purchased from Howard Carter, Luxor, 1923.

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